March

25

2014

SAN FRANCISCO, California - 03/25/2014 - Ideate, Inc., a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer and Autodesk solutions provider offering quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry with a special focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM), today announced the publication of its latest "Spotlight on" customer success profile featuring NBBJ Seattle and its use of Ideate Software.
 
NBBJ is a design practice of worldwide scope with locations in Beijing, Boston, Columbus, London, Los Angeles, New York, Pune, San Francisco, Seattle and Shanghai. The firm's comprehensive, end-to-end services include architecture, environmental graphics, interior design, landscape architecture, lighting design, planning and urban design. Important projects in the US Pacific Northwest have included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, the Seattle Children's Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center, Bellevue, Washington, and Amazon.com at Denny Triangle, Seattle, Washington.
 
The firm has been using Ideate Software, a comprehensive set of Autodesk Revit tools, to maximize its BIM advantage by improving information flow, facilitating collaboration and making the management of BIM data faster and easier. Richard Sachs, Project BIM Coordinator, NBBJ, Seattle, Washington says of Ideate Software, "I have been using both Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer for Revit heavily." He adds that without these advantages, "I would not be able to do my job as project BIM lead."
 
The firm has used one Ideate Software solution, Ideate BIMLink, for the sequential labeling and scheduling of 9,000 curtain panels. The fact that the solution is automated and accurate via Microsoft Excel has saved the firm valuable time.
 
NBBJ has used a different Ideate Software solution, Ideate Explorer for Revit, to create selection sets for the panels. As Sachs explains, "Revit allows you to select all Instances by Type, but it's more difficult to select all the Types of one Family; Ideate Explorer makes short work of it."
 
BIM project auditing is another Ideate Explorer for Revit use. With it, Sachs says, "I can easily find CAD imports that Revit gives you no easy way to find. I can select all the room separation lines and move them to the correct workset."
 
Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Inc., says, "Our customers are relying on our robust, resilient Revit tools to power them through their most complex, sophisticated BIM projects. We are delighted with the success of our Ideate Software customer, and gratified to learn of our role in making data management on a vast scale much easier for NBBJ."
 
Ideate has published "Ideate Software Presents: Spotlight on NBBJ Seattle" online. Download the Customer Spotlight Success Study at http://ideatesoftware.com/ideatebimlink/success/

About Ideate, Inc.

Ideate, Inc. is a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer with 25+ years' experience in software development and specific focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM).  As an Autodesk solutions provider, Ideate has offered quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries since 1992. Headquartered in San Francisco, California and operating Autodesk Authorized Training Centers (ATCs) in California, Oregon and Washington, Ideate is recognized as an Autodesk Gold Partner for Architecture, Engineering and Construction, one of Autodesk's highest levels of authorization.

Ideate Software is a comprehensive set of far-reaching BIM data management tools. Ideate BIMLink powers the "I" in BIM, allowing users to pull data from an Autodesk Revit file into Microsoft Excel for fast and precise editing, and push the data back into Revit with equal ease. Ideate Explorer for Revit lets users search, filter, quantify and select to easily manage the 100,000+ elements in a Revit model. Both solutions help Autodesk Revit users solve problems in AEC workflows and help the Revit community leverage BIM to its fullest advantage.

Autodesk, Revit and ATC are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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March

24

2014

Ideate Software Presents - We are pleased to announce that Ideate Software will be holding a half-day seminar event in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 9th. This seminar will highlight Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer for Revit, as well as dive into the subject of Revit Parameters. This seminar is suitable for any Revit user. Please read on for the presentation description and schedule.

8:30am : Light Breakfast, Networking, and Introductions

9:15am : Auditing Your Revit Project with Ideate Explorer for Revit

If you are not yet providing weekly auditing on your Revit models, then your project is at-risk. Learn our top 10 ways to audit the Revit model.

10:15am : A Parameter by Any Other Name

Project parameters, key parameters, family parameters, shared parameters, parameter groups, and GUIDs - it can be overwhelming to dive into the world of Revit data. A well-organized data structure will bring about a higher quality handover document and reduce scheduling headaches down the road. You can't create custom content without first understanding the Revit data structure for each kind of parameter.

11:15am : Mastering Your Revit Data With Ideate BIMLink

With Ideate BIMLink, you can pull a variety of information from your Revit model into Microsoft Excel, and push edited BIM data from Excel back into Revit with speed, ease, and accuracy, saving you a lot of time and money. We will be showing you several ways to quickly edit your sheets and views using BIMLink. For more information: View the invitation and register here.

 

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March

12

2014

SAN FRANCISCO, California - 03/12/2014 - Ideate, Inc., a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer and Autodesk solutions provider offering quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry with a special focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM), today announced the publication of its latest "Spotlight on" customer success profile featuring
 
CSI Global Services and its use of Ideate Software. CSI Global Services Building Information Modeling (BIM) consultants, with main offices in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and Republic of Singapore, are available across multiple locations throughout the world for clients seeking best practice systems and processes for their AEC projects. Client services include Facility Management (FM) or Lifecycle BIM, BIM Management, Modeling Services, BIM Audit, Clash Detection Services and BIM Training.
 
CSI Global Services teams incorporate Ideate Software, a far-reaching set of Autodesk Revit tools including Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer for Revit, as integral components in the firm's consulting practice.
 
The CSI Global Services team has been using Ideate BIMLink to export multiple parameters into a Microsoft Excel format, and that in turn allows the entire project team to access model data for more efficient project management. The shared parameters enabled by Ideate BIMLink effectively ensure that the Revit model can become the focal point for the resolution of design and construction issues, and they also assist in aligning the project's deliverables so that they may be used for facilities management.
 
The team uses Ideate Explorer for Revit so they can diminish the need to manually select items in the model, and for filtering as well.
 
Greg Gudgeon, Chief Executive Officer, CSI Global Services, sums up the relationship when he says, "Working with the Ideate Software team and their superior BIM tools has been essential to the success the CSI Global Services BIM subject matter experts have achieved as we drive the adoption of BIM across the world in our major hospital projects, road and rail infrastructure projects, and large resource projects. Without the support and solutions provided by the Ideate Software team, our projects would not be the success they are today."
 
Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Inc., says, "We delight in knowing that our robust, resilient Revit tools are helping global BIM leaders such as CSI Global Services power through projects of vast scope and consequence. We are proud to contribute to their notable and well-deserved success."
 
Ideate has published "Ideate Software Presents: Spotlight on CSI Global Services" online. Download the Customer Spotlight Success Study at http://ideatesoftware.com/ideatebimlink/success/

About Ideate, Inc.

Ideate, Inc. is a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer with 25+ years' experience in software development and specific focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM).  As an Autodesk solutions provider, Ideate has offered quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries since 1992. Headquartered in San Francisco, California and operating Autodesk Authorized Training Centers (ATCs) in California, Oregon and Washington, Ideate is recognized as an Autodesk Gold Partner for Architecture, Engineering and Construction, one of Autodesk's highest levels of authorization.

Ideate Software is a comprehensive set of far-reaching BIM data management tools. Ideate BIMLink powers the "I" in BIM, allowing users to pull data from an Autodesk Revit file into Microsoft Excel for fast and precise editing, and push the data back into Revit with equal ease. Ideate Explorer for Revit lets users search, filter, quantify and select to easily manage the 100,000+ elements in a Revit model. Both solutions help Autodesk Revit users solve problems in AEC workflows and help the Revit community leverage BIM to its fullest advantage.

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February

19

2014

This question arose during a recent class:  What are the implications of changing the path to the shared parameter file within Revit?  The shared parameter file location is a system setting and is not saved within the project itself.  For this reason the path has no impact on the data that is already present within the Revit project.  There's no real risk in changing the path other than that the next shared parameter to be made will be created within this new shared parameter file(by default). 

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The path to the shared parameter file.

When different companies need to collaborate on the data, this question of multiple parameter files will arise.  An alternative to making a project-specific shared parameter file is to import the shared parameters directly from another Revit file via the "Insert from File" method.  Whatever the method the list of shared parameters should be spelled out within the BIM Execution Plan.  Lastly, before you make that shared parameter, you should be certain that it is truly required to be shared!  Make an informed decision about when to share by reading this earlier post: I ♥ Parameters Thank you for reading this 2 part series on Revit parameters. 


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB - Director of Software Development Glynnis is a Registered Architect and has worked with the BIM industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is currently the Director of Software Development Services at Ideate, Inc. and continues to work with AEC clients across the nation, developing, and implementing best practices solutions. In her spare time Glynnis does volunteer work and builds Lego projects. @GVPinNJ

 

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February

18

2014

Here's an oldie but a goodie that surfaced on tech support this week. Dilemma:  I've used a line style called "Redline-Markup" to mark up my project in multiple views and now I need to make sure they are all deleted before I print the bid set. How can I find them all? Selecting all the detail or model lines within a project is a great use of Ideate Explorer. Explorer can help you find them by View or throughout the model, whether they are hidden or not. In this instance we used Ideate Explorer's Search: field to search for all of the "Redline-Markup" elements in the entire project. Ideate Explorer reported back 52 lines: 48 Detail Lines and 4 Model Lines. I then selected both Detail and Model Lines from the Results window and the OK button. Back in Revit I selected thePurging Redlines fig 1button from the Modify panel under the Modify tab in Revit. Now the project is ready for printing.

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Selecting Lines in Ideate Explorer

For more information on how Ideate Explorer can help you audit Model and Detail Lines in a project file select the link below to watch this video from our YouTube channel: Ideate Explorer Production Tasks


About the Author

Eugene A. O'Day, IX - AEC Application Specialist Eugene A. O'Day, IX, with more than 25 years of architectural and mechanical experience, offers a trained focus on all things Revit and BIM. Teaching is a passion of his. Eugene has been an instructor in undergraduate degree programs, has traveled worldwide teaching Autodesk solutions to major corporations, has taught at accredited ATCs throughout the Northwestern region, and is a frequent and popular instructor, speaker, and presenter for AUGI® CAD Camps, Revit - and related product user groups. He has also been a trusted public school district advisor on new drafting instructor hires. At Ideate, Eugene provides training and support for Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and AutoCAD. Eugene is also a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional.

 

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